Look at the government as a common thief, a robber with many guns, manpower, immoral laws (mala prohibita) but always with the use of force. “Obey, or the government will take your life, liberty, and any property we want.”
If you’re walking down the street and a robber with a gun tells you to give him all your money, you can give him what’s in your wallet.
But you don’t have to tell him you’ve got money hidden in your shoe. You’re allowed to lie to the robber. You do not need to co-operate with the robber. You take your chances as in all things in life, but there is no honor in the thief so you can and should resist when possible. Co-operate only as necessary to save yourself.
It’s the same way with the government. You may have to give Uncle Sugar what’s in your wallet, but you are under no obligation to give him or tell him what you have hidden away. You can lie to the government. You do not need to co-operate with the government. You take your chances as in all things in life, but there is no honor in the thief wearing “government” clothing so you can and should resist when possible. It is a moral act in resisting oppression, questioning authority, and self-defense against thieves.
If you should be caught and put on trial, they’re will be those of us who believe in jury nullification and will find you not guilty as we will judge the law.
“No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.” —U.S. Supreme Court in ‘Marbury v. Madison’
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